AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University will host TEDx Wednesday, March 27, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The public event will focus on global challenges and social innovations and is designed to inspire students, faculty, staff and the community.
“TED talks have the power to motivate those who listen to them,” said Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht. “TEDx is an opportunity and educational resource to share the good work both on campus and in our community.”
The event will begin at 1 p.m. in the hotel’s auditorium. Thom Gossom Jr., actor, author, athlete and Auburn alumnus, will serve as master of ceremonies. A host of diverse speakers from around the community and nation will talk about gender inequity, education achievement gap, hunger and poverty, environmental sustainability and global health.
A network of campus women’s initiatives, Global Leadership of Women, or GLOW, will host a webcast of speakers from around the world who will speak to women of all ages on a variety of subjects that especially affect women’s lives. The webcast will begin at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 in Ballroom A of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The free public event is the university’s first TEDxAuburnUniversityWomen event.
Webcast speakers will include Jane Fonda; Lamis Lein, head of an all-female bomb-disposal unit in Lebanon; Barbara Walters; Gloria Steinem; Shamila Kohestani , captain of Afghanistan’s first national women’s football team; Tan Le, a Vietnam refugee and tech entrepreneur; Jennifer Newsom, documentatrian; Mary Catherine Bateson, cultural anthropologist; Dr. Oz; and Tavi Gevinson, fashion icon.